| storing your vinyl collection...
or extended life and playability, the correct storage
of your vinyl recordings is of paramount importance.
Some of the issues to consider for the proper storage of discs
are temperature and humidity, dirt and dust, improper stacking,
excessive pressure and weight.
lthough not always possible, an average temperature of
65-70 degrees Fahrenheit or 21 degrees Celsius should be maintained.
Plus a constant humidity level of 45-50% is highly recommended. Any
extreme changes in temperature & humidity could have a
devastating effect on the life expectancy of your vinyl recordings.
pecial attention should also be placed on sunlight and
on sources of heat such as radiators, vents, and artifical lighting.
Also beware of high humidity and water. This will cause mould to
grow on the album jackets and within the inner sleeves causing
n an ideal situation enclose your recordings in
relatively airtight surroundings, such as a cabinet with doors, or
sealable boxes. Don't be afraid to lightly vacuum the area
surrounding your records. Replace dirty and mouldy record jackets
and inner sleeves to avoid further damage to the discs. Do not store
your collection in or around smokey or cooking areas. Smoke and
cooking greases easily adhere to records and their jackets.
efinitely avoid the storing of recordings on their
sides or flat! Always maintain records in a vertical position. It's
also advisable to remove the original manufacturers wrapping from
records. These wraps will shrink over time, eventually warping the
jacket and it's contents. Replace this "shrink wrap" with
high density polyethylene sleeves. Additionally, As with most
objects (including humans!), time will eventually take it's toll but
if you follow just a few of these simple steps, you will help to
extend the life of your vinyl collection to enjoy for years to come.
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